Japan: more sales data for Week 1 2019, Holiday Season 2018 (Media Create, Dengeki)

Here’s the latest sales data reports from Media Create, Dengeki, and Famitsu!

Media Create (Week 1)

Today, Media Create shared their weekly report on video games sales in Japan. It reveals that Software sales topped 1 150 000 units, which is 108.71% of Week 52 sales. Both Software and Hardware sales increased, thanks to New Year’s.

Media Create also shared some data for the New Year’s period (December 24th to January 6th), revealing that Software sales topped 2 141 000 units (which is 106% of sales during the same period last year).

Thanks to strong titles such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (534 000 units sold during that period) and Super Mario Party (194 000 units during that period), Nintendo Switch Software sales increased noticeably: 2018 sales account for 167.65% of sales during the same period last year.

As for Hardware sales, they topped 613 000 units, which is 116.71% of sales during the same period. Nintendo Switch saw a noticeable increase, with 133.59% of sales during the same period in 2017. But it wasn’t the only one responsible for the increase in Hardware sales: the special promotion for the PlayStation allowed it to sell 134.18% of 2017 sales during the same period.

Thanks to their strong sales, those two platforms were able to compensate for the drop in sales for the Nintendo 3DS (48.55% of 2017 sales) and the PlayStatioon Vita (38.72% of 2017 sales).

Overall, the New Year’s season was pretty good this time around, but Media Create point out that Christmas eve is included in the period tracked this year, so that’s something to keep in mind (in other words: the increase wouldn’t be as strong if that wasn’t the case).

Source: Media Create

Media Create – Day 1 Sell-through (Week 2)

No data this week, unfortunately.

Dengeki (Week 1)

Dengeki report that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the best-selling game in Japan for the 5th week in a row. Its sales increased to 281 000 units during the first week of 2019, bringing total sales to 2.67 million units. Given the current sales trajectory, they expect it to outsell Splatoon 2 as early as mid-January, and therefore become the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch. As of this week, Splatoon 2 has sold over 2.88 million units.

This week, the Nintendo Switch grabbed the top 8 spots of the Top 50, with the usual suspects:

  • Super Mario Party – 97 000 units this week, 870 000 units LTD
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! – 67 000 units this week, 1.33 million units LTD
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 51 000 units this week, 1.99 million units LTD

Today, Dengeki also shared some data for the holiday season (and more precisely the period going from November 1st to January 6th). Here’s some raw data to begin with:

  • Hardware: 2.59 million units (-3.4%) / 78.4 billion Yen (+10.4%)
  • Software: 9.22 million units (-6.6%) / 61.6 billion Yen (+5.7%)
  • Total: 140 billion Yen (+8.3%)

While both Hardware and Software sales did drop, more revenue was generated due to the higher price of the games and consoles sold. As a result, it’s the 3rd year in a row that holiday sales are increasing in Japan.

Thanks to the massive success of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo Switch sales increased by 25.3%, to 1.86 million units. As for Software sales, they nearly doubled with 6.6 million units (+98%). It overshadowed all other platforms: 72% market share for Hardware, and 71.6% market share for Software. In other words, over 70% of total sales (Hardware + Software) between November 1st and January 6th came from the Nintendo Switch alone.

Here’s the Top 5 Software for the holiday season:

  1. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo): 2.67 million units
  2. [NSW] Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (The Pokémon Company): 1.33 million units
  3. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo): 600 000 units
  4. [PS4] Judgement (SEGA): 240 000 units
  5. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Japan): 240 000 units

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

PlatformsThis weekThis week (%)Fiscal YearFiscal Year (%)
PS4174,71115.4%6,483,09731.1%
Vita11,6491.0%701,1003.4%
Switch864,23576.2%11,683,76256.0%
3DS81,5847.2%1,903,6509.1%
ETC1,7350.2%74,3220.4%
Total1,133,914100.0%20,845,931100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

PlatformsThis weekThis week (%)Fiscal YearFiscal Year (%)
PS4153,37635.8%1,165,65324.2%
Vita3,3300.8%99,8142.1%
Switch247,91457.9%3,172,29065.8%
3DS22,9435.4%376,3497.8%
ETC3710.1%7,9690.2%
Total427,934100.0%4,822,075100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./01. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} – 280,950 / 2,672,482
02./02. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} – 96,756 / 874,578
03./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 51,450 / 1,990,027
04./06. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} – 50,183 / 607,440
05./08. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 39,913 / 2,875,113
06./04. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} – 37,256 / 740,696
07./03. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} – 36,539 / 181,430
08./09. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} – 29,606 / 590,211
09./07. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} – 26,969 / 170,916
10./12. [NSW] Go Vacation (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.27} – 24,635 / 40,323
11./10. [PS4] Judgment (Sega) {2018.12.13} – 19,318 / 235,874
12./13. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} – 17,159 / 301,830
13./17. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 15,467 / 926,361
14./18. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 13,800 / 1,796,290
15./15. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} – 12,911 / 714,415
16./11. [PS4] God Eater 3 (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.13} – 11,453 / 196,056
17./52. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 10,133 / ???
18./19. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} – 9,572 / 405,810
19./21. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} – 8,059 / 506,962
20./14. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey (Nintendo) {2018.12.27} – 7,950 / 18,789
21./26. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 (Konami) {2018.08.30} – 7,063 / 158,322
22./28. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} – 6,811 / 76,620
23./25. [PS4] Battlefield V (Electronic Arts) {2018.11.20} – 6,650 / 159,835
24./27. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 6,383 / 175,293
25./23. [NSW] FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} – 6,212 / 64,478
26./22. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo) {2018.11.08} – 4,939 / 87,700
27./41. [NSW] Fit Boxing (Imagineer) {2018.12.20} – 4,718 / 9,296
28./24. [NSW] Katamari Damacy Reroll (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.20} – 4,635 / 20,697
29./33. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 4,094 / 500,162
30./42. [NSW] Fortnite (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.12.13} – 3,913 / 14,591
31./30. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} – 3,861 / 125,091
32./20. [PS4] Onimusha: Warlords (Capcom) {2018.12.20} – 3,806 / 31,481
33./44. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 3,589 / 473,973
34./35. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} – 3,517 / 247,594
35./34. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 3,447 / 232,864
36./38. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town (Nippon Columbia) {2018.10.04} – 3,400 / 33,337
37./31. [NSW] Super Run For Money Tousouchuu & Super Battle For Money Sentouchuu Double Pack (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.29} – 3,385 / 26,360
38./50. [NSW] Billion Road (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.29} – 3,282 / 14,656
39./16. [NSW] Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Blizzard Entertainment) {2018.12.27} – 3,256 / 12,823
40./43. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 3,228 / 892,359
41./46. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 2,939 / 87,926
42./58. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 2,900 / 355,058
43./49. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} – 2,861 / 237,483
44./62. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 2,833 / 311,594
45./32. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} – 2,800 / 2,507,185
46./45. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 2,783 / 864,088
47./67. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} – 2,728 / 252,099
48./54. [PS4] Dead by Daylight (3goo) {2018.11.29} – 2,727 / 19,812
49./29. [NSW] Onimusha: Warlords (Capcom) {2018.12.20} – 2,667 / 16,714
50./47. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Drive Kit (Nintendo) {2018.09.14} – 2,656 / 54,194

Source: Dengeki
Data compiled by: ZSaberLink (ResetERA)

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